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Girl’s Weekend x

As soon as babies infiltrate the ‘girlfriend’ scene, things change! Life is no longer about hanging with your gal pals whenever you feel like it. You have to schedule this time… and if by some miracle you are all free on the same day or weekend, you nearly fall off your seat… because it’s so damn rare to suit everyone. Then, you think you’ve made plans… you’re excited, everyone is – and then a dreaded note from school or sport lands on your kitchen bench and you read it… “That date, something is on, I’m sure of it…” The penny drops… it’s a dinner with the girls or a lunch date or a day trip or SOMETHING… something that had taken about 153 group texts between four or five girls to get consensus that it was indeed happening. In fact, I’m sure everyone goes to bed dreaming about this said ‘girl time’. But… just like that, your little people in your life or a family member or something drops a bomb on you, with an …

Do you plan more than you do?

Woohoooo…. I did it. For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to get my motor bike license.   The difference now, is that I’m changing my wants, taking them off my ‘to-do list’ or ‘dream list’ and I’m making things happen. I’m so excited! You may now see me scooting around on my little white Vespa (with L plates). I rode motorbikes my whole childhood and I loved it. There is something freeing and exhilarating about being on two wheels with the wind in your hair. It’s something fun to look forward to on a beautiful day when I have some time to myself. This has been on my ‘want to do’ list for about ten years (enjoy my 90’s slide show below). For as long as I can remember I’ve always had lists. To-do lists, wish lists, one day lists, daily lists, shopping lists, study lists, medical lists etc. I have always been a queen of lists. Typo, Kikki.K, Office Works, Kmart… you name it, these shops lure me in every …

Happy Birthday Snow Babies

I have five children, a beautiful thirteen-year-old daughter [my teenager], a cheeky and gorgeous three-year-old son [my ‘threenager’] and three ‘snow babies.’ Today, my snow babies turned two. Snow babies? You’re wondering!? Yes… my beautiful babies, or to be more scientific, they are our five-day-old embryos that are currently on ice (in Sydney). Two years ago my husband and I walked through the doors of IVF Australia bright and early in the morning. We had just one chance to create embryos if we wanted a chance to have any more children in the future. Why? My fertility was about to be severely compromised by chemotherapy. When I was diagnosed with cancer, the initial shock rocked my entire family to the core – Life had dramatically changed for all of us. After processing the initial diagnosis and comprehending the numerous further testing that would be carried out in subsequent days… It was then… that we faced the harsh and cruel reality… we may never be able to conceive a baby again. We were trying for our …

‘Micro Magic’

As the sun rose over the crest of distant hills, a magic moment became an instant fond memory. Light bouncing off the land below, shining and reflecting, it highlighted the soft mist floating over our very wet, green land. With smiles all round, there was an electricity of warmth felt in all of us. My family had forgiven me for the early morning start and frost bite on their cold noses… no words were needed, it had all been worth it. Micro Magic had been created and it was so simple and beautiful. …… This morning I surprised my family with a much earlier rise than our usual slow, sloth Sundays. “Sorry” my beautiful teenager and snuggly ‘threenager,’ “it’s time to get up… and you too hubby”! There were moans and groans. The only warning was the night before where I asked them to set out some warm clothes for the next day… They had no idea of the early morning ambush I had planned. The night before, I’d loaded the back of the car …